Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche after the first US course in California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal November 1978

A transcript of teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 11th Kopan Course,

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 11 Index Page •
Section One •
Section Two •
Section Three •
Section Four •
Section Five •
Section Six •
Section Seven •
Section Eight •
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Munich, Germany, April 2001

The meaning of "guru," the qualities of a guru, and the practice of guru devotion, with a focus on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This teaching also contains advice on the practice of Dorje Shugden.

By Lama Thubten Yeshe in France 1982

Two talks on renunciation, bodhicitta, and emptiness, included in the book The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chapters:
The Three Principal Aspects of the Path: First Teaching •
The Three Principal Aspects of the Path: Second Teaching •
Lama Yeshe teaching at Vajrapani Institute, California, 1983. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Zollikon, Switzerland, 1978

Clarifying the meaning of refuge, as the first step on the Buddhist path

Lama Yeshe, Yucca Valley, California, 1977. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Vaddo, Sweden

A commentary on the three principal aspects of the path to enlightenment, with teachings and meditations on the nature of the mind.

Chapters:
Light of Dharma: Introduction and Chapter One •
Light of Dharma: Chapter Two •
Light of Dharma: Chapter Three •
Light of Dharma: Chapter Four •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on lam-rim topics, including refuge, karma, and guru devotion.

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  • Doubts About Lam-rim •
  • The Quickest Path to Enlightenment •
  • Special Qualities of Buddhism •
  • Lama Tsongkhapa's Teachings •
  • Lam-rim Quotes •
  • Lam-rim and Tantra •
  • Following the Basic Program •
  • Recognize the Nature of Suffering •
  • This Perfect Human Rebirth is Most Precious •
  • The Quickest Way to Achieve Enlightenment •
  • Definition of a Holiday •
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  • Dedicate Oneself to the Lam-rim •
  • A Letter to Students at Kopan •
  • Reading Lam-rim Books •
  • Lam-rim is the Main Thing •
  • Focus on Lam-rim •
  • Generating Faith •
  • Lam-rim Realizations •
  • Train in the Graduated Path •
  • Practice Advice: Read Lam-rim •
  • Practice Gone Dry •
  • Benefits of the Lam-rim •
  • Direction in Life •
  • Advice on Lam-rim Study and Practice •
  • Focus on Lamrim Practice •
  • Lam-rim the Main Practice •
  • Familiarity with the Dharma •
  • Train the Mind in Lam-rim •
  • Lam-rim Meditation •
  • Attainment of Lam-rim Realizations •
  • Which Lam-rim Text to Study •
  • Stick With the Lam-rim •
  • The Suffering of Samsara •
  • Meditations on the Graduated Path •
  • A Worthwhile Life •
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  • Request to Guru •
  • Training the Mind in Guru Devotion •
  • Taking Teachings from the Lama •
  • Guru Devotion and Consultation •
  • Guru Displeased •
  • Far from Guru •
  • Restaurants and Shopping •
  • When the Guru Is Ill •
  • How to Think When Your Guru Shows Signs of Aging •
  • Close to Guru •
  • Advice on Guru Practice •
  • Guru Devotion •
  • A Daily Guru Devotion Meditation •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Guru Devotion •
  • Remember the Guru’s Kindness •
  • The Quickest Path to Enlightenment •
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  • The Power of Faith •
  • Advice for Students of Geshe Jampa Gyatso •
  • Benefit of Attending Initiation •
  • Praise of Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche •
  • Qualities of a Guru Who Teaches Tantra •
  • Refuge is Most Wise •
  • The Absolute and Conventional Guru •
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  • Milarepa's Strong and Stable Guru Devotion •
  • Successful Service Due to Guru Devotion •
  • The Merit of Pleasing the Guru •
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  • Fortunate to Receive Advice from the Guru  •
  • The Guru Brings You to Enlightenment •
  • Pleasing the Guru •
  • Offering Thanks to the Guru •
  • Initiation From Another Lama •
  • Guru Yoga Merit Field •
  • Guru Devotion in the Four Tibetan Traditions •
  • How to Find a Teacher •
  • Dharma Connection With Other Gurus •
  • Having Many Gurus •
  • Request to Be Guru •
  • Request to be Guru and Life Practices •
  • Not Possible for the Teacher to Give Up •
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  • The Merit of Study  •
  • The Merit of Working for the Guru •
  • Recitations for Rinpoche’s Health and Long Life •
  • Offering Service to the Guru •
  • Service to the Guru •
  • Your Life Has Been Rich in Merit •
  • Service to the Guru is the Best Offering •
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  • Respecting the Guru •
  • Angry With the Teacher •
  • Living in the Dharma •
  • When the Guru Shows the Aspect of Displeasure •
  • Seeing the Guru as Buddha •
  • Seeing Faults in the Guru •
  • Not Giving Up •
  • Negative Thoughts About the Guru •
  • Obstacles to Guru Devotion •
  • Guru's Sexual Behaviour •
  • Conflict with Lamas •
  • Difficulties with One's Guru •
  • Giving Up the Guru •
  • Negativity Toward Guru •
  • Purifying Negative Karma Connected With Guru •
  • Relationship with Guru •
  • Relationship with a Spiritual Teacher •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Obstacles to Guru Devotion •
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  • Regretting Anger Toward Rinpoche •
  • Confession of Anger •
  • Confessing Mistakes •
  • Confessing Negative Thoughts •
  • Heavy Karma of Criticizing the Guru •
  • Mitukpa Mantra and Being Vegetarian •
  • Not Following the Guru’s Advice •
  • Degeneration of Guru Devotion •

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